Based on Philippians 1:21–30 and Matthew 20:1–16 This year — and this weekend, especially — we celebrate an amazing milestone in the church: 200 years as a faithful congregation! I see, and have seen, the faces of so many people who have been a part of this church — from those who have been steadfast in their attendance and participation in this body, to those I maybe only see once or twice a year. And from those who have worked faithfully in this church but have since been c
Based on Exodus 14.19-31 I’m going to read you some names from the Bible. Tell me if they sound familiar: Pontus Pilate, King Nebuchadnezzar; King Herod; King Ahab, Queen Jezebel, Pharaoh. All familiar, right? What do they have in common? Yeah, they were bad people, the whole lot of them. But they all had names. Except one. Who is the one without a name? Pharaoh. Did you catch that? Everyone else has a formal name. But not Pharaoh. It’s just Egyptian for Ruler or King… Why do
The word Reconciliation is a tough one, isn’t it? It comes with it a whole trunkful of baggage. First and foremost, it’s not something that we practice every day. In fact, our culture today tends to not be very open to second chances. Especially us Americans. We love out justice. Not the kind of justice the Bible or Jesus talks about; but the kind in which the person who does something injurious to someone else “gets what they deserve.” The internet and low-end news channels
I have some good friends — I haven’t seen them in quite a while — but they’re some of the best people I know. I met them way back when I was about 22 years old. They have normal jobs, families, friends and activities. But they simply burn for Jesus. Do you know what I mean? Do you know people like this? They just seem perpetually happy; and when conflict comes their way, they go straight to their faith, their community and to God with the certainty that everything is going to
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